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Ali Sperry is a Nashville-based independent artist. Her songs are undeniably rooted in folk music, simple and true, but she pushes the boundaries, toying with tones of modern indie-pop, rock, and old-school soul. She evokes stories of love – hearts broken and healing; the wistful burn of aspiration; and the universal quest for connection to self and others.
Ali was raised in Iowa to two musician parents who encouraged her to sing and create music from the time she could speak. Her childhood soundtrack was steeped in the music of the 60s and 70s: Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor. After attending Syracuse University and briefly moving to Chicago, Ali was recruited by an all-girl band in Nashville, TN called Sweetwater Rose.
Four years later in 2012, immersed in the growing alternative music scene in Nashville, she released her first solo record, Storybook, produced by Kyle Ryan and backed by a rotating tribe of musicians – friends, lovers, and roommates – who came to be known as The Family Vacation. In October 2014, she released her most recent project, an EP entitled Comes and Goes – produced by Scott Hardin, Jamie Dick and Ali, and mixed in Memphis, TN at Ardent Studios on a console well-used by Stax Records.
Ali tours regularly, solo and with The Family Vacation. She has shared shows with Langhorne Slim, Amanda Shires, Andrew Combs, The Spring Standards, Chris Stills, and Elephant Revival among others. In her own words, "I can’t think of anything more joyful than the act of making music with people I love as friends and deeply admire as musicians. There is no company I would rather be in."
Comes and Goes marks a turning point for Ali Sperry as she moves further from her child-of-the-80s pop influences, away from broken hearts and into the marrow of broader questions of purpose, demons, and dreams-realized. She layers eclectic drum tones, lush string arrangements, electric and acoustic guitar to tell stories, visceral musical landscapes with room to breathe.